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Meadow Vole

Microtus pennsylvanicus
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Habitat: Open grasslands, crop land, tundra, taiga, deciduous forests and around water.

Description: Brown to blackish body with a grey belly, short round ears and a short tail.

Size: 13-19 cm; 17-64g

Diet: The green part of flowering plants grasses, roots, seeds, bark and insects.

Fun Facts: The Meadow Vole is very important in the food web, it is a source of food for raptors, snakes, coyotes, and even some fish! They will also eat their own weight in plants every 24 hours!

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Red-backed Vole
Clethrionomys gapperi
Coat is red on the back, becoming paler on the sides and belly.  Short tail, with few hairs on it, and ears that are round and stand above the fur.
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